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A new cellar in France serves sustainable alcohol

Chateau Angélus recently acquired a new winery in Libourne, France, designed by architect Eric Castagnotto from Architect DPLG. The cellar is used for the development of the second Carillon d’Angélus wine from Château Angélus and a new Tempo d’Angélus wine introduced in Quebec in November 2021. Their goal is to create not only a sustainable wine, but a respectful vineyard. environment and rich in technological innovation. , sustainable construction and cultivation techniques.

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The Cave Carillon d’Angélus was already a cellar but had become too small to accommodate new efficient equipment. The winery is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, limiting the layout and architectural possibilities for the new owners. Therefore, the owners decided to start from scratch with a new cellar design in the neighboring community of Saint-Magne-de-Castillon.

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The exterior of the rounded building and a photo of the interior of the cellar with exposed woodwork

The new Carillon d’Angélus Cellar covers 4,400 m² over 3.30 hectares. It is a semi-submerged basement with a green roof. The wine cellar is gravity-fed. The design is inspired by the Fleur de Boüard wine cellar in Lalande, which includes 18 inverted conical vats, a lifting system and a vat lifter. In addition, solar panels contribute some of the energy required for operations.

Wine crates lined up in rows and rows

In addition, Carillon d’Angélus and the entire Château Angelus estate are HVE3 certified. This means that it is the highest level of High Environmental Value Certification honoring best practices in biodiversity, phytosanitary strategy and fertilization. The building is also BREEAM certified (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), the British equivalent of the French High Quality Environment (HQE).

A rounded building designed just beyond a field of vines

The new cellar provides for numerous experiments with numerous prototypes of electronic mosquitoes and grape washers. Carillon d’Angelus aims to be a center not only of environmentally friendly wine production but of technological innovation for the industry.

+ GALLEON Great Wines

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